Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shamed into Saying Sorry; Drink Driver's Apology after Pile Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shamed into Saying Sorry; Drink Driver's Apology after Pile Up

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HE'S lucky to be alive - and even luckier to still have his freedom.

After escaping jail when he almost killed himself during a drink drive outrage, John Gibson could be expected to have learned his lesson.

But the 21-year-old has been back in the dock for breaching a court order following his drink-drive admission.

Now, he's finally apologised and said he hopes others learn from his mistakes.

Today Gibson, of Wallsend, spoke out about his drink drive shame to warn others of the dangers.

He said: "I can't remember it. I woke up in hospital with head injuries, a broken nose and cuts on my face.

"It was bad, a stupid, big mistake.

"The accident taught me my lesson. I would definitely not do it again. It should be a warning to others not to drink drive."

Gibson was trapped upside down in the wreckage on Western Road, Wallsend, and had to be cut free by emergency services.

He suffered serious head injuries and spent four days in hospital.

Now he has pledged he will never drink drive again.

His escape was revealed when he appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Monday for breaching an 18-month community order imposed after the crash, by not turning up for arranged appointments.

The bench allowed him to keep his freedom for a second time when they gave him a six month jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Gibson wants his case to stop others tempted to get behind the wheel after boozing.

"I hit two walls, a telegraph pole, a tree and a building. The car's paint is still on the side of the building, 16ft up," he said.

Gibson had a blood alcohol reading of 221 millilitres after the accident - the legal limit is 80 millilitres.

Handing down the sentence Magistrates' Chairman Mavin Johnson said: "We are really concerned with the high level of drink in your system and the danger that would pose to other road users. …

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